Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are hydrophobic, which means they are oily and tend to repel water or fail to mix with it. That is why when making Cannabis edibles, it is often being infused with another fatty substance like cannabis Butter or Oil. However, with the help of a little science, they can be formulated into water-compatible nanoemulsions. In this form, they appear water-soluble.
And can be used for CBD or THC water.
What Is “Water-soluble CBD”?
The term “water-soluble CBD” has lately been used extensively in the medical cannabis industry. “Water-soluble” means able to homogeneously incorporate into water by separating into molecules or ions (dissolve like sugar, alcohol or salt). Oily substances, however, are repelled by water, which forces them to stay separate from it.
CBD, THC and other oils can, however, be made water-compatible if they are formulated as oil-in-water nanoemulsions, which are stable and visually homogeneous oil/water mixtures. Nanoemulsions can be prepared in concentrated forms (tens of mg/ml) that are fully miscible with water and, therefore, appear water-soluble. In addition, nanoemulsions can be made translucent and practically tasteless, which means that they can be mixed into water without compromising its optical clarity or taste.
Making Water-soluble CBD or THC
CBD or THC water can be made using a process called nanotechnology, which uses soundwaves to break up CBD clusters into micro-sized particles that are smaller than 100 nanometers. The result is a “water compatible” product that is small enough to dissolve and blend with water molecules, allowing for immediate bioavailability that many brands call the “nano-amplified effect.”
While other CBD products that have to reach the digestive system before taking effect, the nano-sized nutrients available in CBD water soar past the blood-brain barrier and penetrate cells immediately, allowing for nearly 100% bioavailability and absorption. These immediate, CBD-filled effects are why so many people enjoy drinking CBD water over other CBD edibles, although there are benefits to all of it depending on what you’re looking to achieve.
Benefits Of Water-soluble CBD and THC
Since our bodies are made of ~60% water, CBD naturally resists absorption into the bloodstream. This has a big impact on the bioavailability of some of the most popular and convenient forms of taking CBD and THC including capsules, tinctures, topicals, edibles, and drinks. As an example, when oil-based CBD capsules or soft gels are swallowed, some studies show that only a small percentage of the substance actually makes it to the bloodstream. What this means is that a big portion of the CBD ends up being flushed from the body without ever having an active effect.
There are still limited studies available to support the exact benefits it provides, and there are even fewer studies about the effects of CBD water. In just a few years, both CBD and THC has become immensely popular around the world. Mainly due to its use for treating a wide range of medical conditions and lifestyle diseases.
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